To become “collectively conscious” means we understand our connection to the bigger picture and to everything around us. However, in the world today, it is evident that the way many of us live our lives can act as a block to our truly putting the bigger picture first. In such instances, we may end up contemplating certain ideals in our minds alone, not knowing how to put them into an authentic type of practice. But this doesn’t mean that putting things into practice is an impossibility. It may simply mean making a few small changes. For many of us (as I know it was for myself), It may even be hard for us to see what small ways we can change or shift our focus, or how these kinds of shifts can be achieved in a practical manner or even matter. We may have been so heavily conditioned into living by certain values or depending upon certain things we feel we must depend upon that our minds may not know how to think or live outside of this box that has been created for us.
This said, if we can begin to break things down into smaller and more conscious steps, it will not seem so overwhelming. And the goal is not to be a perfectionist but merely more conscious. With increased consciousness, we may find that our choices will naturally begin to shift in an easy, simple, and un-forced way. This is better than if our choices are governed by feelings of stress, righteousness, or obligation.
Here are two simply ways we can begin to think outside the box in a more collectively conscious way:
- Look at your buying choices. Examine what you are buying and why. Start to ask yourself, “What corporations am I financially supporting when I buy particular items?” “What are the intentions or ‘energy’ of these corporation?” “What effects are these corporations (and their tactics) having on society, the world, or our environment?” “Is the overall energy of these corporations a nurturing energy or a greed-based/ manipulative one?” “Do I want to align with whatever energies these corporations encourage?” “Why or why not?” and “What effect on the greater world will my alignment (or the alignment of a population) have?”
- Question the societal values you live by. For example, begin to ask yourself, “What am I striving for and why?” “Is my intention focused on the good of the whole or more on personal self-interest (not that these are necessarily mutually exclusive)?” “Is my motivation rooted in feeling I ‘have to’ be something for someone else (or to receive societal approval)?” and, if so, “Are these values necessarily enlightened ones, or do they trap me in fear and/or leave me feeling I am never enough or never have enough?”
Applying the above is less about feeling you have to make sudden and drastic changes with what you buy or concerning the values you follow. It is more about allowing a door to open within your consciousness.